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Monday, June 18, 2018

Audition:Brundage Park Playhouse for Annual Kids Cabaret 2018


BRUNDAGE PARK PLAYHOUSE: KIDS CABARET – Believers: A Night for the Dreamers

Brundage Park Playhouse is pleased to announce auditions for its upcoming performances of our Annual Kids Cabaret 2018.

The Audition Dates are Friday, June 29th at 6-8 pm and Saturday, June 30th at 1-3 pm at the playhouse on Carrell Road in Randolph, NJ for performers ages 8 to 18. No appointment is necessary.

Auditioners should be prepared to sing a song which best features their vocal skills. Please bring a headshot and/or resume to the audition. Photos will be provided if you do not have a headshot.

Performance Dates: August 8, 9, 10 at 8:00 PM, August 11and 12 at 2:00 PM.

Talented youth put on the 2018 Kids Cabaret, one of our most popular performances for young performers, with various musical numbers and comedy skits that is family friendly fun.

For further information please contact Brundage Park Playhouse at (973) 989-7092 or visit our website at

Candice Guardino's solo show 'Italian Bred' one night only at Two River

Gateway Playhouse to present 'Broadway by Request' in July

Broadway by Request is a unique evening of musical theatre entertainment, spanning eight decades of music from the Broadway stage. The show encompasses virtually every genre and style of musical theatre from the classic songs of Jerome Kern, Lerner and Loewe, and Rodgers and Hammerstein to today’s Broadway blockbusters such as Wicked, Beauty and the Beast, Spamalot, and Spring Awakening. 

BBR is completely spontaneous and no two shows are alike!


Bringing Live Theater back to the Jersey Shore!

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Saturday, June 16, 2018

'Fun House' at 4th Wall ends this weekend

Julie Stiel
​music by Jeanine Tesori
book and lyrics by Lisa Kron
based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel

June 15 and 16 at 8:00 pm
June 17 at 3:00 pm
at Montclair Studio Playhouse
14 Alvin Place, Upper Montclair, NJ

The winner of five 2015 Tony Awards® including Best Musical, FUN HOME is based on lesbian cartoonist Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir. Moving between past and present, Alison explores her unique childhood playing at the family’s Bechdel Funeral Home, her growing understanding of her own sexuality, and the lurking, unanswerable questions about her father’s hidden desires. FUN HOME vividly “demonstrates how much our world has changed and reflects just how far we’ve come” (The Wall Street Journal).

$25 adults
$22 Seniors (age 62 and up)
$18 Students (under 22 with valid student ID)
​Group rates available for groups of 15 or more.
•Tickets now available for purchase online (with added $1 charge per ticket),
or call 973-996-8484 to make a phone reservation.
•We do NOT mail or email tickets. Your advance sale tickets will be available for pickup at the box office on the day of the show.

"As of 3:45 pm on Saturday, June 16, we have 21 walk-up tickets available for Saturday evening's 8:00 pm performance of FUN HOME! 

Arrive at 7:00 when the box office opens to purchase them. Studio Playhouse, 14 Alvin Place, Montclair, NJ. See you tonight! 

(As of right now, there are also 34 seats left for tomorrow, Sunday, June 17, at 3:00 pm.)"

Kate Swan

Alison Bechdel - Sarah Levine McClelland
Bruce Bechdel - Ted Cancila
Helen Bechdel - Julie Stiel
Medium Alison - Samy Cordero
Joan - Corinne Walker
Small Alison - Annika Bergstrom-Shaw
Christian Bechdel - Cameron Dickson
John Bechdel - Justin Roth
Roy/Pete/Mark/Bobby Jeremy - Shane Long

Director - Kate Swan
Music Director - Markus Grae-Hauck
Production Stage Manager - Martha Thalheimer
Assistant Stage Manager - Sydney Scott Humphreys
Set Designer - Jasmine Vogue Pai
Lighting Designer - Nik Marmo
Sound Designer - Nicholas Von Hagel
Projections Designer - Miranda Kelley
Production Manager - Gwen Ricks-Spencer

Auditions: 'The Dining Room' at the Barn Theatre

WHENSunday July 8th and Monday July 9th from 7pm to 10pm. 

CALLBACKS: Tuesday, July 10th at 7:00pm (by invitation only)

The Barn Theatre, 32 Skyline Dr., Montville.

PERFORMANCES: Friday, September 7th 2018 thru Saturday, September 29, 2018 (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays with some possible Thursdays)

Set in a single dining room, six actors perform 18 overlapping scenes from different households. Each scene focuses around a different family during different time periods. At its heart, it tells the story of the dying culture of upper-middle class Americans who over time have focused less on tradition and more on family progress.

CAST REQUIREMENTS: (3 Males, 3 Females, All ethnicities encouraged to audition)
  • The actors must be able to portray a wide variety of characters, from little boys to stern grandfathers, and from giggling teenage girls to Irish housemaids. Scenes run the gamut from a father lecturing his son on grammar and politics; a boy returning from boarding school to discover his mother's infidelity; a senile grandmother doesn't recognize her own sons at Thanksgiving dinner; a daughter, her marriage a shambles, pleads futilely to return home, and other subjects.
  • Sides from the script will be made available at the audition.
All roles available.
Casting is open to all adults of any age.
Ethnicities, races and newcomers are especially welcomed.
Crew and other volunteers are also needed for the event.
For more information or directions, call 973-334-9320 ext 5 or visit or

Submissions Now Open for the Premiere Stages 2019/2020 Liberty Live Commission

2019/2020 Liberty Live Commission
Premiere Stages, the professional theatre in residence at Kean University, is now accepting submissions for the 2019/2020 Liberty Live Commission, a biennial commissioning program for New Jersey playwrights in partnership with Kean’s Liberty Hall Museum. Now in its fourth incarnation, Liberty Live culminates with a professional Equity production of a new play that celebrates New Jersey history.
Past winners include Talking to Westfield by E.M. Lewis (2012), At Liberty Hallby James Christy (2013/2014), My Lord, What a Night by Deborah Brevoort (2015/2016; above) and Black Tom Island by Martin Casella (2017/2018), which will be fully produced this October. (Top: Erika LaVonn and Joel Leffert in Deborah Brevoort's My Lord, What a Night, recipient of the 2015/2016 Liberty Live Commission. Photo by Mike Peters.)
Playwrights are invited to submit proposals for new plays about New Jersey history to Premiere Stages.
  • Playwrights must be current residents of the state of New Jersey.
  • The selection panel will consider any relevant topics and has also indicated the following as being of particular interest: the history of women’s voting rights in New Jersey; Thomas Mundy Peterson of Perth Amboy, the first African American to cast a vote under the protection of the 15th Amendment; the demonstration by Thomas Alva Edison that an entire town could be lit with electricity in Roselle; the Underground Railroad in New Jersey, particularly the role played by Quaker and African American figures; and the questionable “treatments” inside the Trenton Psychiatric Hospital, particularly under the auspices of Dr. Henry Cotton.
  • Proposals are due by September 1, 2018.
  • A shortlist of the submitted proposals will be selected as finalists and playwrights will be interviewed.
  • The winning proposal will be selected by November 30, 2018, and that playwright will be commissioned to write a play based on the submitted proposal.
  • Upon completion of the first draft, the playwright will receive a $2,000 award.
  • The winning play will be developed from November 2018 through October 2020 and will include three staged readings in October 2019 at Premiere Stages.
  • From November 2019 through October 2020, Premiere Stages will work with the playwright to continue to develop the play.
  • Premiere Stages will also forge collaborations and partnerships with organizations and groups statewide. A full Equity production will be performed at Liberty Hall Museum in October 2020.
Premiere Stages is dedicated to supporting a diverse group of writers; playwrights of all backgrounds, ages, and experience levels are encouraged to apply. There are no restrictions on casting; characters may be of any age, gender, or race. Premiere Stages serves a wide audience and is dedicated to celebrating the wide diversity that enriches New Jersey.
Submission guidelines are now available, and there is no fee to enter.  Please visit or email for full guidelines. All entries are evaluated by a panel of theatre professionals and historians in consultation with Premiere’s Producing Artistic Director, John J. Wooten, and Liberty Hall Museum’s Director of Museum Operations, William Schroh, Jr.
Premiere Stages offers affordable prices, air-conditioned facilities and free parking close to the theatre. Premiere Stages also provides free or discounted tickets to patrons with disabilities. All Premiere Stages facilities are fully accessible spaces, and companion seating is available for patrons with disabilities. Assistive listening devices and large print programs are available at all times; publications in alternate formats are available with advance notice. Please call 908-737-4077 for a list of sign-interpreted, audio-described or open-captioned performances. For more information, please visit Premiere Stages online at
Premiere Stages is made possible in part through funding from W. John Bauer and Nancy Boucher, The New Jersey State Council on the Arts, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, The Northfield Bank Foundation, The Wallerstein Foundation for Geriatric Life Improvement, The Hyde and Watson Foundation, The Union Foundation, E.J. Grassmann Trust, The New Jersey Theatre Alliance, Investors Foundation, The Union County HEART Grant, Les Malamut Art Gallery, Actors’ Equity Association Foundation, and through the generous support of individual patrons and local organizations. Discover Jersey Arts is our marketing partner. Visit for more information about other arts programming happening around the Garden State.

Five new Children’s Theatre shows will appear at the Morris Museum

New Children’s Theatre at the Morris Museum:
The Magic of Sharks, Bubble Trouble, Harlem Wizards, Lasermania, and Beauty and the Beast plus more family programming

(Morristown, NJ, June 15, 2018) - Five new Children’s Theatre shows will appear at the Morris Museum in Morristown, New Jersey – The Magic of Sharks, Bubble Trouble, Harlem Wizards, Lasermania, and Beauty and the Beast.

Three of the shows at the 11:00AM performance will be sensory friendly (Magic of Sharks, Bubble Trouble, and Beauty and the Beast).  Bubble Trouble will have Early Access for Families with Disabilities, beginning at 9:30AM.

Tickets for these shows can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 973.971.3706.  More details are available at

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The Magic of Sharks
Tuesday, July 10, 11:00AM * and 1:30PM

Magician Steve Woyce makes the magic happen with amazing shark facts in his high-energy show where he blends comedy, magic, storytelling, with a boat-load of audience participation.
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Bubble Trouble
Wednesday, July 11, 11:00AM and 1:30PM
Early Access for Families with Disabilities at 9:30AM +

Jeff Boyer takes bubbles to the max in this one-man extravaganza. It’s the craziest, most creative bubble show around. Jeff juggles, sculpts, and builds with bubbles, makes fog-filled bubbles and more…he even puts a child in a bubble. This show will engage and delight audiences of all ages.
+ Families attending Early Access can enjoy the Morris Museum and a hands-on bubble activity before the show. When making reservations, mention “Accessibility” and receive a special combination price of $13.00 per person for Museum Admission, a bubble activity, and relaxed performance in the Bickford Theatre.

Harlem Wizards
Wednesday, July 18, 11:00AM and 1:30PM
The basketball antics of this crazy team returns. Get ready for ooh’s, aah’s and serious laughter inspired by world class basketball tricks, fan participation, and of course, basketball wizardry.
Wednesday, August 1, 11:00AM and 1:30PM

A perfect, rockin’ family event. A Bickford favorite returns with pure laser fun set to contemporary, pop/rock music that is guaranteed to bring the house down.
Beauty and the Beast
Thursday, August 2, 11:00AM* and 1:30PM

Based on the original story by Madame Leprince De Beaumont, this production has all the magic and mystery that we have come to expect from this charming tale plus some new characters that add to the fun on stage.
To find the true love and heart of the Beast, the Beauty must see through his outward appearance. This story is presented by the Paper Moon Puppet Theatre of New Jersey.

*Sensory-Friendly performances are theater experiences in which the environment and typical “rules of attendance” have been relaxed to accommodate individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities and the families and professionals who support them. These performances are made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Morris Museum Access-ABILITY project.
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Other Family Programming at the Morris Museum this Summer
In addition to theatre, there are other learning experiences for families this summer at the Morris Museum from science to music to art and more!
  • Studio Art Classes for children and teens
  • Music Fridays: July 13, 20, 27, August 3 and 10 from 1:00PM - 2:30PM
  • Annual Gem, Mineral & Fossil Sale: Saturday, August 18, 10:00AM - 5:00PM

Image: The Magic of Sharks. Photo courtesy of Steve Woyce.
 Image: Bubble Trouble. Photo courtesy of Jeff Boyer.